White Walls is pleased to present Flotsam’s Harvest by Mike Shine. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, March 16, from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be free and open to the public for viewing through April 6, 2013.
Flotsam’s Harvest will be a sweeping installation of street art, paintings, films, a medicine show performance and the launching of Shine’s graphic novella. Each aspect of the show will provide different coded tips and hints, offered to help viewers solve the dark “World Riddle” posed by Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Thus Spake Zarathustra.
The illustrated hardcover novella which the show takes its name from is the tale of Dr. Flotsam’s encounters with ten people throughout the course of history. Written as a “mental screenplay,” its pages contain layered clues to the World Riddle. In addition, proverbs and “Flotsamisms,” which also provide clues, will be posted regularly on the web, at Flotsamsharvest.com and facebook.com/flotsamsharvest.
At the end of the Harvest exhibition, viewers’ answers to the World Riddle (submitted on the Facebook page) will be reviewed by Dr. Flotsam. And winner(s) will be awarded paintings as prizes.
Dr. Flotsam and his roving band of carny bastards (comprised of thugs, musicians, singers, and four statuesque Nordic valkyries) have performed at SFMOMA, 941 Geary, and are annual regulars at the SF Outside Lands festival, where they have their own stage/installation/medicine show/roots music mini festival, called “Dr. Flotsam’s Hell Brew Revue.”
Blending influences of lost carnivals, Nordic mythology and hazy nostalgia, Mike Shine's eerie yet often light-hearted art has been included in exhibitions with SFMOMA, Laguna Art Museum and The Museum of Craft and Folk Art. His mixed media pieces are typically composed of house paint on found objects like driftwood, buoys, carnival bottles and ephemera. The artist's sinister characters are made ironically inviting to the viewer with mechanized interactive components that recall classic carnival attractions. The art "opera" is based on the carnival ringleader, Flotsam, who Shine considers to be his personal version of Mephistopheles. The artist cites dark, enigmatic figures such as Stanley Kubrick, Friedrich Nietzsche and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as his inspiration for the exhibition. The artist's work has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose Magazine, SF Chronicle, Readymade, ArtLtd. and Spread Art/Culture Magazine.
White Walls Gallery has worked for a decade to exist as the premiere destination for urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with the Shooting Gallery and two project spaces, this 5,000 sq ft space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast. Justin Giarla founded the gallery with a commitment to furthering the urban art movement, drawing directly from street art and graffiti culture. Named for its plain white walls, the gallery takes a backseat to the real focus: the work of our artists.
Interview with Mike Shine
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request
Flotsam’s Harvest by Mike Shine
Opening Reception – March 16, 2013, 7-11 pm
On View Through April 6, 2013
@ White Walls (www.whitewallssf.com)
886 Geary, San Francisco, CA